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Hansberry, Lorraine

(1930-1965) US playwright best known for her nonfantastic drama A Raisin in the Sun (performed 1959; 1959). She is of sf interest for "What Use Are Flowers?", assembled in Les Blancs: The Collected Last Plays of Lorraine Hansberry (coll 1972). Set in a desolate landscape probably subsequent to World War Three, the play focuses on a small rabble of children, who in a feral state – like those in William Golding's Lord of the Flies (1954) – express their naked human nature through ...

de Lautrec, Gabriel

(1867-1938) French author, cousin of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) whose short fiction, assembled in works like Poèmes en Prose (coll 1898), Les Histoires de Tom Joë (coll 1920) (see Club Story) and La Vengeance du portrait ovale (coll 1922; trans by Brian Stableford with excerpts from the previous two as The Vengeance of the Oval Portrait and Other Stories coll 2011); sometimes couched as dreams, de Lautrec's fiction often Satirizes a world centred in Paris through Near ...

Photo Fiends

US review-size Cinema/Television Fanzine. Publisher: Tim Paxton as Kronos Productions. No editor named. Three numbered, undated issues, 1978. / This short-lived fanzine, of better quality than many such publications, offered material on such television programmes as The Outer Limits (1963-1965) and Space: 1999 (1975-1977); film covered included Kronos (1957). Also featured were interviews, one being with visual effects artist and Monster costume designer Paul Blaisdell. As the title ...

Prentice, Harry

(?   -?   ) US author, possibly a pseudonym of James Otis Kaler; The King of Apeland: The Wonderful Adventures of a Young Animal Trainer (1888; vt The Boy Explorers: Or, How Philip Garland Became King of Apeland 1892) is effectively an unacknowledged translation of Leon Gozlan's Les Émotions de Polydore Marasquin; ou, Trois mois parmi les singes (1856 Journal Pour Tous; 1857; trans anon as title story of The Man Among the Monkeys; Or, Ninety Days in Apeland, ...

Chait, Gavin

(1974-    ) South African chemist, economist and author, in UK from around 2008, whose sf novel Tartarus Falls (2015 ebook; vt Lament for the Fallen 2016) locates a seeming First Contact event in Near Future Nigeria, where the survivor of a crash from space turns out to be a human-like, possibly Immortal Mysterious Stranger who claims to have escaped from a Prison in space (see Crime and Punishment). He plans, with the help of the isolated villagers he has encountered, to ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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